Colombia 1857-P 2 pesos
This specimen was lot 1617 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $552. The catalog description noted, "1857 2 pesos. Popayán mint. MS-62 (NGC). Types as above. Lustrous orange gold, lightly hairlined, tiny nick on cheek. A lively and attractive specimen. Scarce. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
This type was struck at the Popayán mint 1857-58 while the country was known as "Nueva Granada." Earlier dos pesos were struck at Popayán 1838-46 (KM 95) and 1849-51 (KM 99). The dos pesos most commonly seen are issues from Medellin (KM A154, 1871-76).
Nueva Granada was the name of the region under Spanish rule; after independence it was called the Republic of Colombia 1821-38, Nueva Granada 1837-58, the "Confederacion Granadina" 1859-62, and the "Estados Unidos de Colombia" 1863-86. The current name, the "Republica de Colombia," was adopted in 1886. In the process, the current republics of Ecuador (independent 1830), Venezuela (1830) and Panama (1903) split away.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.22 g, .900 fine gold, .093 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 3.23 grams, 17.10 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 121, Fr-83.
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